With day one checked off, I am happy to report that we are off to a good start. If I was a pessimist, I’d say that means we can only go downhill from here but I’m not a pessimist so it’s all good.
First we went to Ace’s school where we were shown around the premises and escorted to his new classroom. His teacher already had a student ready and waiting to meet him and be his “buddy” for the day so he wouldn’t be alone. I thought that was pretty awesome. It reminded me of when I was in the 3rd grade and we had a new student join us. Their family had moved to Jamaica from Austria. I had never even heard of that country before. He didn’t speak a lot of English and our teacher stuck him in between my best friend and I. Over 30 years later, that “new kid” is still one of my best friends. His daughter and Ace actually share a birthday. Kinda neat.
At Jays school, we were met by the Autism Resource teacher. She had a very calming aura. She showed us around but Jay wasn’t very interested in that. All he wanted to do was get to his class so he could get back to being a student. I don’t know if it was by design, but his teacher put him next to students who really welcomed him in and seemed happy to have him sit with them. He took out his book, hung up his bag, plopped himself down and never looked back at me.
He’s in a class with 17 neuro-typical students and has a one on one aide.
His school has an autism classroom with different stations for different sensory inputs and also has 2 small areas sectioned off if a student needs some alone time to decompress.
As if all that wasn’t enough to impress me, his teacher suggested that since it was his first day maybe it would be better if I picked him up 1/2 an hour earlier than normal so it would be quiet and calm and he wouldn’t have to deal with the loud excitement of dismissal time. The understanding and respect shown to my boy has blown me away.
I was excited for pick up time to hear what both boys thought of their new schools. But before I get to that part, let me just say WOW! Things are so orderly and organized here. Parents form a line in their vehicles and the students get called out to the curb in the order that the cars are. It’s remarkably efficient and the line moves quickly. Maybe this is not news to other people but compared to where we are coming from, this is … just … Wow!
So yeah, we are off to a good start. The word Ace used was “awesome” and marvel of all marvels he found out that his school has a Lego Club.
In Jays words, “Everybody loves me and I was nice to my students.”
This morning we did the regular curb-side drop off line and just as she said she would be, Jays Aide was outside waiting for him.
I think it’s time this Mama got herself a mani/pedi and exhaled. But first, coffee!